Monday, April 7, 2008

Only the Number Has Changed

"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, & talk by the hour? That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected."

-- Thomas Jefferson (Autobiography, 1821)

Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately since Jefferson's time, the hourly rate for the attorney's in Congress has gone up far in excess of what the people of the Republic can afford.